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November 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Approves County’s Previously-Denied Waiver for Early Childcare Centers

After a second letter from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon approved the county’s initially-rejected request asking to continue relaxed teacher-child ratios in early childcare facilities. “Since your first correspondence, we have seen Maryland reporting a seven-day positivity rate of 6.82% and a case rate of 30.9 per 100K,” Salmon said […]

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November 2, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Biotech Company Working on COVID-19 Vaccine Announces Addition of 400 Jobs

A Gaithersburg company currently working on a COVID-19 vaccine announced it is expanding and expects to add 400 new jobs by the end of 2024, with most of the new positions added by March of 2021, according to a news release from Gov. Larry Hogan. Novavax, a late-stage biotechnology company, intends to expand into a […]

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October 14, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Maryland Department of Health Launches Statewide Flu Vaccine Campaign

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Health launched the statewide “Fight the Flu” campaign, urging residents to get the influenza vaccine. The multimedia campaign announced on Tuesday will utilize television and social media, according to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). “Getting vaccinated for the flu every year is important, but this year […]

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September 28, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Fauci Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

In perhaps the most complex year in the list’s history, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list for 2020. Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. In those 36 years, he has advised six presidents dating back to […]

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September 22, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

CDC Releases Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating Guidelines

With a socially distant Halloween looming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its holiday celebration guidelines Monday, ranking Halloween activities that pose low, moderate, and high risks. The CDC says traditional activities, including door to door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating, top the list as high risk and recommends avoiding them. Doing so will […]

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August 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Will Resume COVID-19 Testing on Thursday

Montgomery County will resume offering COVID-19 testing beginning Thursday, although it will continue not to use AdvaGenix of Rockville as a supplier or to analysis test results. That company was issued a cease and desist directive and order by the Maryland Department of Health last week. On Aug. 20, the county will hold a walk-in […]

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July 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Says ‘Realities Have Changed,’ In-School Learning is Not Safe

In-school learning is not a safe option right now, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said at a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) media briefing Wednesday.  MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced Tuesday that the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year, beginning Aug. 31 and ending on Jan. 21, 2021, will be virtual-only […]

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July 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Hogan Extends Order to Stop Utility Shutoffs, Late Fees

Gov. Larry Hogan extended his executive order barring utility service charges, late fees or shut offs until Aug. 1 or the end of Maryland’s state of emergency, if that happens first. No electric, gas, sewage disposal, telegraph, telephone, water, cable television company or internet service provider may terminate service to customers or charge fees under […]

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